ICAC and the federal watchdog

By Mike Seccombe, originally published in The Saturday Paper 7th September 2019. It’s been a wild fortnight at the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). A hundred thousand dollars in an Aldi shopping bag, personally delivered to NSW Labor Party headquarters by a property developer who is now banned from Australia on ASIO… Read More

The questions ICAC isn’t asking

Opinion piece by Neil Chenoweth originally published in the Australian Financial Review 7th September 2019. The disconcerting feature of NSW’s remade anti-corruption body, as it tackles its first major donations scandal, is its determined lack of curiosity. There’s been no shortage of salacious detail in the past two weeks as the Independent Commission Against Corruption… Read More

There is no federal agency equipped to carry out corruption inquiries: Geoffrey Watson SC

Interview with Geoffrey Watson SC on The World Today, ABC Radio 2nd September 2019. Shopping bags full of money, claims of foreign influence and the downfall of a once rising Labor star; the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption has heard some sensational and worrying revelations in its recent hearings into the activities of… Read More

Former NSW DPP says proposed Federal ICAC would be a ‘feeble’ version of current state bodies.

ABC News Radio – Friday August 30 As the ICAC investigation into corruption in the NSW branch of the Labor Party continues in Sydney, the Federal Government is moving forward with its planned national anti-corruption body. But a former public prosecutor says the the proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission would be the weakest integrity commission in… Read More

Vague claims around Commonwealth Integrity Commission need evidence

The following statement from Attorney-General Christian Porter (The Age, 2/8) in relation to his proposed model for a Commonwealth Integrity Commission raises more questions than it answers. Porter claims that: “The reason why this legislation cannot be rushed should be obvious … given the many examples of injustices and damage done to personal and professional reputations… Read More